Cedar Smoke Ceremony

By Jason Kelly, Fires Bulletin, Fort SillApril 29, 2010

Bill Voelker of the Comanche Nation performs a traditional Native American blessing ceremony of newly planted trees using cedar smoke and eagle feathers. Fort Sill held a tree planting ceremony as part of the post's four-part plan to recouperate from the massive ice storm of January. Cedar smoke is considered a medicine of protection and is used to bless, cleanse and purify an object.
1 / 1 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Bill Voelker of the Comanche Nation performs a traditional Native American blessing ceremony of newly planted trees using cedar smoke and eagle feathers. Fort Sill held a tree planting ceremony as part of the post's four-part plan to recouperate from the massive ice storm of January. Cedar smoke is considered a medicine of protection and is used to bless, cleanse and purify an object. (Photo Credit: Jason Kelly, Fires Bulletin, Fort Sill) VIEW ORIGINAL